Theo Walcott’s goal for Arsenal against Everton last Wednesday night, timed at just 50 seconds, was, at the time, the quickest goal of the Premier League season to date. His achievement didn’t last long however, as within 15 minutes, Robin Van Persie bettered Walcott’s quick start by striking after just 30 seconds for Man United against West Ham in the later kick off at Old Trafford. However, neither of these two goals troubled the all time Premier League record of fast starters. Here we look at the quickest six goals in Premier League history..
- Ledley King (Bradford v TOTTENHAM, 3-3, 2000) 10 seconds
Ledley King is better known for his abilities at the other end, but he remains the proud owner of the fastest goal in Premier League history twelve years after this strike. It set the tone for a thrilling game as Bradford roared back from 3-1 down to clinch an unlikely point in the first of their two seasons in the top flight. It was a brilliant goal too, as Bradford’s defence stood off allowing King to run forward unopposed and curl an effort into the bottom corner. It was one of just 10 goals he managed in his thirteen year career at Spurs, but will probably be his most memorable.
- Alan Shearer (NEWCASTLE v Man City, 2-0, 2003) 10 seconds
No player has scored more Premier League goals than the 260 managed by Alan Shearer, so it is perhaps inevitable that he appears in this list. He only narrowly misses out on the top spot too, King’s goal timed milliseconds earlier. The goal owed much to sloppiness from the Man City defence, as casual play from City goalkeeper Carlo Nash allowed Shearar to charge down an attempted clearance and roll the ball into the empty net.
- Mark Viduka (Charlton v LEEDS, 1-2, 2001) 12 seconds
Mark Viduka had a great period at Leeds just after the turn of the millennium as Leeds enjoyed one of their greatest eras since the 1970′s. His goal at The Valley in March 2001 paved the way for another Leeds away win, Alan Smith’s flicked header fell kindly for Viduka who finished past Sasa Illic. Viduka scored 59 goals over four years for Leeds, and after their demise, he continued to score regularly for Middlesbrough before bringing an end to his Premier League career with an indifferent spell at Newcastle.
- Dwight Yorke (Coventry v ASTON VILLA, 1995 0-3) 13 seconds
Dwight Yorke originally held the record for five years courtesy of this goal against Coventry after just 13 seconds at the old Highfield Road. Ian Taylor’s cross was pinpoint onto Yorke’s head, and he converted the relatively simple chance to head home. It paved the way for a comfortable afternoon for Villa as they cruised to a 3-0 win.
- Chris Sutton (Everton v BLACKBURN, 1-2 1995) 13 seconds
With fans still taking their seats at Goodison Park, Chris Sutton gave Blackburn the perfect start against Everton in this game. This goal came in Blackburn’s greatest ever season as they lifted the Premier League trophy, a far cry from where they sit today. Sutton formed a strong partnership with Alan Shearer as the pair shared 49 goals between them that campaign.
- Kevin Nolan (Blackburn v BOLTON, 3-4, 2004) 14 seconds
Nolan scored a first minute goal for West Ham against Fulham earlier this season, but it wasn’t the quickest of his career. This strike against Blackburn after 14 seconds was a sign of things to come as Bolton won a thrilling a see-saw Lancashire derby 4-3 at Ewood Park. In a bizarre start, Blackburn went straight down the other end and promptly equalised only to crumble when 3-1 in front. Kevin Davies, who remains at Bolton today, was heavily involved, cutting the ball back for Nolan to smash in.